For some reason I strayed from this and recently came back to it. I think I strayed because it is a pain to wash out of your washcloths. This removes all makeup and grease from my very oily skin. I start out by massaging about a dime size all over my face. I then remove with a warm washcloth and follow with Aveeno Ultra Calming Foaming Cleanser.
This does not strip my skin at all. In fact, it seems to melt dry flaky patches right of my face. My face is so soft and supple after using. My oily clog-prone skin really likes this.
Albolene is the best cleanser for my parched oily skin. My skin has stopped breaking out. I could count on waking up to whiteheads most mornings right on the folds of my nose and on my chin / jaw area. There were some products that had made a difference with salicylic acid and glycolic acid but they were parching my skin while my skin was on overdrive producing oil during the day, and the pimples were still popping up here and there. I tried Pond's a few years ago and loved that but discontinued during a summer as it was overkill and my skin was getting clogged. Then forgot about it completely until I dug through my shelves of beauty products and found it again. So I started again with the Ponds which was great but then read about Albolene and decided to try that. It's different than Ponds as it's unscented and more greasy than creamy, but it's the same concept. It makes my routine more simple because I massage a small amount all over my face, neck, etc. for a minute, then wipe with a half of a paper towel, then wipe with a hot wrung out wash cloth. Then moisturize if desired. It takes two minutes but it cuts my time in the shower by that much as well. My skin is less sensitive and moister after using this for a month, and I can't emphasize enough that my breakouts have completely stopped and I haven't needed to use oil blotting sheets anymore. My skin seems to have slowed it's own oil production due to the oil from the Albolene and because I'm not stripping away all my skin's natural oils with harsh cleansers. It does leave a slight film on my skin but it isn't oily feeling and my skin needs something like that.
I've been waiting to review this to make sure I had an accurate picture of how my skin felt about this cleanser. I've been using it for 3 months now. And I literally couldn't be happier. My sensitive, combo, acne-prone skin couldn't be happier. It leaves my face clean and soft. None of that dry tightness that EVERY other cleanser seemed to give me. I combine this with 10% AHA cream at night and sunscreen in the morning. My skin has never looked or felt better.
Woo hoo! Finally found my HG eye makeup remover. I hated the oily ones most people love-- too much residue. Hated more watery ones, because they could never get w/p stuff off. Finally resorted to jojoba oil, but it made my vision swimmy after use. I went to a derm about dry patches on my eyelids and it turns out it was eczema. He gave me a sample of this to remove eye makeup, and it is so perfect. It's got a texture simliar to Aquaphor or vaseline, and it comes in a big tub. I put a bit on my fingers, then rub it into my thumbs before massaging my lashes, and lash line. Then I swipe over it with a cotton ball or cotton square. It does a GREAT job of dissolving all makeup, and it gets every last bit off, waterproof or otherwise. I follow with a regular face cleanser like Purpose. Sometimes I need to take the cotton ball and do a clean-up around my rims for stubborn w/p eyeliner, but the best part is that NONE of this irritates my sensitive eyes. I don't get weird vision, it doesn't sting, it just leaves my lashes and eye area feeling moisturized, relaxed, and supple. An absolute HG!
Love this cleanser. Takes off all the makeup, including mascara and gel eyeliners and leaves my face oh so soft. My mother has used this for years and her skin looks great, to the point that everyone always asks if we're sisters. So, I figured maybe I should give it a try! I don't have to use any additional moisturizers except in the coldest, driest months.
As others have mentioned, I'm not crazy about the "tub" design and hate putting my fingers in it. I use a plastic knife to scoop out what I need.
Overall, a great product!
I had been looking for a product for removing waterproof mascara and wasn't having great luck. I used several eye makeup removers and they didn't seem to remove all of my mascara. I would have to hold a soaked with remover cotton pad on my eye for about 20 seconds, wipe and repeat to get it off. This seemed kind of time consuming and the results were still not great. I read about Albolene on one of the MUA boards and decided to give it a shot. I found it at Walgreens. It is very inexpensive, a huge 12 oz tub is $11. The packaging is annoying, I hate sticking my fingers in big tubs. Anyway, this product is wonderful. I rub a little bit on my eye, wipe off with tissue, then wash my face with my normal cleanser. It takes off 100% of my eye makeup. I also wear contacts and it doesn't irritate my eyes.
This removed almost every trace of make-up (didn't take off all my eyeliner) without any irritation. The consistency is a little strange at first. Kind of like smearing grease on your face. I thought something so oily must be horrible for acne-prone skin, but I checked the ingredients on the "Database of Comedogenic and Irritating Ingredients" and was surprised to find that they don't cause acne. Ingredients in the unscented Albolene include: mineral oil, petrolatum, paraffin, ceresin, and beta carotene. I like the way my skin feels after using this cleanser. It feels soft and moisturized, not tight and dry like it often does after cleansing with most products I've tried. I wet my face, then massage a glob of Albolene on for about a minute, then remove it with a warm wash cloth.
I have sensitive clog-prone skin that can easily become dehydrated. Most cleansers make my skin feel tight, and stripped dry, except Albolene. The tub is utilitarian, and the product is far from glamorous with it's vaseline-like appearance but it works amazingly well.
After a few months use I can safely say that I have had zero breakouts or clogging from Albolene, only happy, soft skin. This really takes off every bit of makeup and the sunscreen I use everyday, plus if I leave it on 10 - 15 minutes I get a great deep cleaning.
I usually rinse with warm water then massage a dab of Albolene into my skin. After a few minutes I use a muslin strip to swipe my skin clean and depending on how my skin feels, I leave as is, follow with Purpose cleanser or follow with Caudalie cleansing water.
Overall, no frills cleanser that delivers amazing results and happy, clear, moisturized skin.
Once I discovered that my cleansing oil had been discontinued I set out on a quest for something affordable, easily accessible and containing good ingredients. i definitely hit the jackpot with this one. A bit tricky to use at first but this stuff gets off foundation, powder, sunscreen, eyemakeup...everything. My method is to emulsify a nickle sized amount of product, rub all over my face then let it sit while i brush my teeth at night. Then i remove it with a warm washcloth. excellent. I'm very clog prone and sensitive. I've had absolutely no problems using this product. My skin actually seems to have gotten a lot better. I only wish it came in a squeeze tube so I didn't have to stick my fingers in the jar. This is still my HG night time cleanser/makeup remover.
I have stopped using this. Sorry guys! I think Emu Oil is better.